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Youth Business Europe

Youth Business Europe is YBI’s regional programme, supported by the Citi Foundation, to help young entrepreneurs to start or grow a business.

Youth Business Europe

In 2015, Youth Business International and Citi Foundation launched Youth Business Europe, a regional programme to support young people to start, grow and sustain their business. Through this partnership, we are working together with the Citi Foundation to tackle youth unemployment and drive sustainable economic growth across Europe.

Programme overview

The program is designed to increase the number of vulnerable youth successfully starting sustainable businesses and creating new jobs. Despite significant investments in this area, there are systemic challenges persisting for these young people such as lack of access to finance, entrepreneurship training and mentoring. Through targeted country-level projects selected and implemented under a strategic learning agenda and rooted in cross-sector collaboration, the programme will result in laying the foundation for a youth entrepreneurship ecosystem in selected countries across the region.

Our regional approach is enabling eight YBI member organisations to work closely together and share knowledge, best practice and methodologies with the aim of tackling youth unemployment in Europe.

Since 2015 over 13,000 young people have been supported through the programme, of which:

  • 3,500+ youth-led businesses started or strengthened
  • 3,000+ jobs created
  • 1,000+ supported with business mentoring

Looking ahead

We realise that youth unemployment in Europe continues to soar (16.7% in June 2017) and, building on the successes of the first two years of Youth Business Europe, a key aim of the programme is to explore more ways to develop our support to young entrepreneurs, through digital and social innovations.

Between 2017 and 2019, Youth Business Europe will equip 8,700 young people across eight countries in Europe with entrepreneurship skills and support 2,500 young people to start or grow a business.

The partnership is one of the Citi Foundation’s flagship EMEA programmes, and is part of its Pathways to Progress initiative, which works to prepare and equip urban youth with the tools to thrive in today’s economy. 2017 saw the expansion of Pathways to Progress globally, with a $100million commitment from the Citi Foundation to reach 500,000 young people with entrepreneurship and employability training before 2020.

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Alicia Gomez Benito

Spain

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Yvonne Stein

Germany

"Invest in yourself and your future."

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Daniel Gashaw

Belgium

“I love introducing people to the unique flavours of Ethiopian food. Many of my customers have never tried it before, but after eating at my restaurant they become more adventurous in their food choices!”

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Giulia Pettinau

Italy

"I was working at a summer camp when I discovered not only a new passion but the inspiration that could turn my dream of becoming an entrepreneur into a reality.”

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Abdulah al Haw

The Netherlands

“In Syria, I was an entrepreneur. That was no coincidence; being an entrepreneur suits me.”

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Mireya Logviniuk

Spain

“Don’t keep your vision to yourself: there are others willing to share their experience with you and help you turn your dream into reality!”

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Pierre Guguen

France

"I decided to try and give more emotion and maybe a new experience to the people that were coming to see us on stage. So, I went to see one of my friends, who was a perfumer and I asked her let’s make the perfume of a song."

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Ghaees Alshorbajy

France

“Financing with Adie was quick and easy. Today, I am very happy, because this project is my choice. It’s an activity that makes sense to me.”

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Maria Aust

Germany

"In my family, no one was an entrepreneur, it was always seen as good to be working for a big company, to have a safe and secure job and that’s what I had always done."

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Amelia Hannion

France

“When I see my clients, see how different they are and how diverse their backgrounds are, it makes me happy.“

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Filip Printzell

Sweden

"When you’re young, you don’t have too much to lose. I think it’s better to go out and do your thing and try; and you will fail a lot of times but you will never succeed if you don’t try.”

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Paula Landes

Germany

"In the beginning my PR job was quite interesting and I learned a lot but once you’ve written 25 press releases, then you know how to do it and it’s not getting any more exciting, I needed a change."

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Francesco Majno

Italy

“I’ve managed to get thousands of people to overcome the taboo linked to eating insects by tasting our healthy, sustainable food products.”

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Zoë Loupatty

The Netherlands

“The most satisfying thing is when people come and have something to eat or drink at my place. To see them, to see the happiness and enjoyment is what keeps me going and gives me a lot of energy.”

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